Beethoven’s Ninth – STREAMING


The season begins with our most epic and joyful journey yet, in a single performance of Beethoven’s monumental Ninth Symphony. Christian Reif conducts the Orchestra collaboration with a chorus of singers from the Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota, Brainerd High School, and the acclaimed Minneapolis-based choral ensemble, VocalEssence singing the powerful “Ode to Joy”.


Featured Artists

Christian Reif
Jimmy López Bellido
Miles Mykkanen
Tenor Soloist
Kearstin Piper Brown
Soprano Soloist
Sarah Silver Manzke


Explore the Music

JIMMY LÓPEZ BELLIDO: Rise. (11 minutes)   READ

  • In 2022 LAMF performed the world premiere of a piece by López titled “Tribute to the Earth”. He returns to the Lakes Area this season not just for the performance of his work “Rise”, but also to be the mentor composer for our composer fellowship program.
  • He wrote this piece for the Berkeley Symphony's 50th anniversary and wrote it be played alongside Beethoven's 9th symphony in that performance as well, utilizing the same size orchestra and instruments that Beethoven used.

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9. (70 minutes) READWATCH

  • Beethoven's 9th (and final) Symphony is one of the most performed works ever. In the final section of the piece, vocal soloists and chorus join the orchestra for the famous “Ode to Joy”, promoting joy, brotherhood, and peace. It has been performed at numerous monumental occasions, such as the falling of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
  • Our performance will be a celebration of community, with Brainerd High School students and members of the Legacy Chorale joining VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and our orchestra– over 150 musicians in total.
  • This symphony was so popular that when CDs were invented the standard length of 74 minutes was determined in order to accommodate this symphony in full.

All LAMF activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and Five Wings Arts Council, thank to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

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